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Posts by Allison Park

Secrets to Great Soup

Fall is here, and for those who love soup, it’s a great time of year! There are so many things to love about soup. It’s an easy make-ahead, one-dish meal, simple to heat up for families on the go who have all different schedules. It’s also the most forgiving food ever, capable of turning almost…

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Chicken with Rosemary Dijon Sauce

Chicken dark meat (such as thighs) are one of the easiest parts to cook, because it’s so juicy, it’s hard to mess up. We love that this luscious sauce requires only a dab of butter, and no cream, yet it yields a delicious flavor profile that makes an ordinary dish like roasted chicken thighs turn…

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Ten “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

There are so many specialized health trends today, it’s enough to make your head spin. You can focus on avoiding gluten, a plant-based diet, a keto plan (eliminating carbs in favor of fats), paleo (mostly whole foods, with certain legumes and grains eliminated), Whole 30 (similar to paleo, but with some stricter rules), the highly…

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Air-Fried Vegetables with Dijon Gremolata Sauce

We are always looking for satisfying substitutes for potatoes. Kohlrabi and Brussels Sprouts are two of literally endless possibilities for this recipe, but they work well because they can be cooked in uniform, bite size pieces that are delicious in the air fryer. If you’ve never tried Kohlrabi, we encourage you to check it out…

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Creamy Alfredo-Inspired Sauce

When Wayne was diagnosed with heart disease, we reluctantly resigned ourselves to giving up such treats as classic Fettuccine Alfredo, with its carb-heavy noodles, and the classic sauce made from heavy cream, butter and lots of Parmesan cheese. The fat and sodium content was far in excess of an entire daily recommendation, and too indulgent…

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12 Ways to get more vegetables into your diet

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. We may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you are trying to improve your healthy eating habits, vegetables are your BFF! Meats – so long as they’re low in saturated fat — are good, and moderate use of healthy oils (watch for saturated fat)…

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Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin Pie

This delicious “pie” is a great replacement for high-carb noodles or potatoes! Spaghetti squash is high in potassium, vitamins and minerals, and low in carbs. Even as prepared in our recipe, it’s highly nutritious and tastes great. After enjoying this the first night, but eating less than half of it, we enjoyed leftovers, then for…

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Vegetable Smoothies

If you’re looking for a quick way to get some vegetables, feel full and get out the door, there’s no better way than a vegetable smoothie. These are not the sweet, sugary smoothies you get commercially. For diabetic patients, and most people, for that matter, keeping the sugar content down is healthier and more supportive…

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Choosing Healthy Oils: part 3

The terms “healthy oils” and “healthy fats” are popular, but can be misleading. Healthy for whom? And “healthy” on what basis? For a diabetic heart patient, saturated fat is a primary concern, as it can raise LDL cholesterol and contribute to the progression of heart disease. Oils (like all fats) are not health food, but…

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Marinated Cucumber Tomato Salad

At this time of year, with delicious locally grown tomatoes at every farmer’s market, it’s a perfect time to pair up some fresh cucumbers with tomatoes and a balsamic vinegar marinade. We like to use white balsamic vinegar for this recipe, but it’s not as easy to find as red balsamic vinegar, which is available…

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